Paul Perry elected to Bryant Hall of Fame
Milford’s Paul Perry, Greenwich High class of 1978, has been elected to the Bryant University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Perry enjoyed a successful career at Bryant from 1981 to 1983. Joining the team after transferring from USC, Perry made an immediate impact on the program. In just his first year, he posted the second-best batting average in New England of .430 and ranked No. 22 in the country.
Perry’s 13 doubles that season also put him atop the national leaders as he became Bryant’s first-ever Northeast-10 first-team All-Conference selection. He finished his career with more than 100 hits and an all-time batting average of .367. His slugging percentage from 1981-83 of .575 still ranks in the top 10 in the Bryant baseball record book.
Perry was the starting center fielder for Greenwich in 1977 and 1978, when the Cardinals were FCIAC champs in 78. That season, PerryI led the county in stolen bases with 30 out of 31. He batted .355. Playing behind Perry in centerfield was Steve Young, future GHS, Brigham Young and San Francisco 49er star.
“Paul was all about fundamentals,” Young wrote in a congratulatory email. “He studied the game. Baseball was a part of him. He loved the game and respected it. He was an inspirational leader and I'm a more well rounded athlete because he mentored me. Congratulations Paul.”
Perry joins men’s lacrosse standout David Beirne, contributor Jeff Doppelt, field hockey’s Elizabeth Gunn, women’s lacrosse’s Shaun Leddy and women’s basketball’s Kelsey O’Keefe-Spear on the list of inductees into the Hall.
Members of the Bryant Athletics Hall of Fame are elected every two years into four different categories: student-athletes, coaches and administrators, teams, and contributors. Since its inception in 1987, the Hall of Fame has grown to 132 members.
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